Benoit Kowalski


  • Reporting to Reliance Globalcom CTO
  • Experienced and highly motivated international Engineering Director, specialised in the conception, design and implementation of Telecom network infrastructures (submarine & terrestrial) as well as Telecom Managed Services, with strategic planning, change management and complex problem solving skills
  • Thriving in a high-pressure sales results environment, which required strong leadership, interpersonal and presentational skills
  • Successful in the transition of Engineering department from start-up team to international organisation
  • Graduated in the most prestigious French university and engineering school.

Work History

Work History

Network Transmission Manager


Part of the European Design team based in Paris, leading the design of the voice and transmission networks in Europe in order to meet customer requirements. As part of the evaluation team, responsible for evaluating new transmission technologies (NORTEL Networks and Ciena). Supporting Marketing groups for new products and services developments.

  • Design Authority for two Metro STM-16 rings in Paris, France. Project of $500k involving MCI WORLDCOM and Ciena
  • Transmission Expert for the upgrades of the MCI WORLDCOM European North Backbon
  • Involved in the integration of the UUNET IP network into MCI WORLDCOM network in Europe

Director of Transport Architecture & Technology Planning

Reliance Globalcom

RGW NGN Design Director:

- Leads the design of the transmission network in order to support the horizontal and the vertical growth of the RGW network. This $1.5B project will implement 4 major sub sea cable systems linking East Africa, Mediterranean area, East of India and Transpacific to the rest of RGW network.

- Delivers strong leadership in product development support for RGW vertical growth: EoSDH, OTN, Bandwidth on Demand, Design and Capacity database development.

- As part of the procurement team, helps negotiating the RGW NGN contract.

FALCON SDH Program Manager:

- Provides a strong leadership to design the transmission network architecture (Synch, SDH, WDM) and supervise the implementation of network solutions linking 13 countries (India, Egypt, Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Maldives, Yemen and Sudan) and 17 landing sites for a total project cost of $450M and responsible for a team of more than 20 engineers.

- As part of the procurement team, helps negotiating with Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) for the Technical Solution, System Acceptance Terms and Q&A of Falcon and Contract Variations (CV).

- Manages the certification of SDH and Submarine Terminal devices from manufacturing plants to cable stations through various tests including Factory Acceptance Tests, In-station Tests, Segment Tests and System Tests.

FNAL Design Manager:

-  Led (Design authority) the conception of the SDH Network and WDM backhaul for the FLAG North Asia Loop (FNAL) connecting Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

- Managed 3 major upgrade projects for a total cost of $14M.

- As part of the procurement team, helped negotiating with Fujitsu and Alcatel for T&C’s (warranty, operational support, billing milestones etc).

- Established a project team with the necessary skill set: matrix of more than 30 people from various departments (Engineering, Operations, Finance, Procurement and Legal).

- Managed the financial costs and staged payments.

- Managed Alcatel and Fujitsu field engineers.

- Completed projects on time (Feb05, Sep05 and Feb06) and on budget.

Design authority for the FLAG Europe Asia (FEA) Upgrade covering the UK, Spain, Italy, Egypt, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Korea and Japan). Led six major upgrade projects for a total cost of $15M and involving:

- Leading the design of Synchronisation Plans for RGW networks related to more than 50 landing sites or point of presence across USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia

- Leading the design and Implementation for the $5M FEA/FNAL interconnect project in Asia.

- Developing a Provisioning and Inventory database for FNAL (Ciena), FEA Upgrade (Fujitsu) and Virtual PoP networks (Lucent).

- As technical expert, answering technical bids and securing successful partnerships and sales in excess of $50M with major carriers including China Telecom, SPRINT, Chungwa Telecom, etc.



Master Degree of Engieneering

Ecole Superieure d'Optique

The first year of study is devoted to fundamental engineering sciences and to the all-important contact with the world of industry and research. Students reach the bac +3 level [secondary school plus 3 years].

The 2-year course of study which constitutes the core of engineering studies, may be attended under the conventional curriculum or under work study programmes. Successful students are awarded an Engineering Degree from the Institut d'Optique Graduate School.The 2nd year curriculum, which is cross-disciplinary, teaches the basics of optical engineering professions through courses, directed study, and significant amounts of high-level laboratory work. To this are added student projects and a traineeships for students in the conventional programme, and by training in an industrial setting in the work study programme.

The 3rd year, which is totally modular, is devoted to specific high-technology areas in order to develop the skills that the optical engineer will require in one of the many professions available to him/her.The third year is also a year of specialization for several students from the Ecole Polytechnique and others from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan. Students and interns may choose from the modular curriculum at Palaiseau (including a course option at HEC, the most renowned French business school), and in-depth educational opportunities in optical instrumentation provided at the new Saint-Etienne facility.

Students following the normal curriculum may also opt for dual diploma programmes in cooperation with foreign institutions. It is this third year of study that opens the way to doctoral study.


PhD (February 1999) in Optics & Photonics and High Speed Data Networks

Gain switching at 10GHz of Fabry-Perot laser diode is used to generate short optical pulses for use with all optical 20Gb/s regeneration experiments.

Further set-ups were performed. One of those uses a free space self-injection, another uses an all fibre self-injection. The 15ps chirped pulses are linearly compressed using a fibre with a dispersion D of -80ps/nm/km. This compression gives a 7ps pulse stream at 10GHz.

An all-fibre optical time division multiplexer based on a Sagnac loop has been developed and theoretically analyzed. The major advantage of this set-up is that the output pulses have the same fixed power regardless of the input polarization. This device made it possible to obtain a 20GHz pulse stream wih a starting stream of 10GHz.

A novel and simple method to measure the amplitude and the phase of optical pulses is presented. The technique basically involves modulating the optical pulse train in a particular manner and then directly measured examining the resultant optical spectrum. This experimental measurement technique permits direct measurement of the phase of the optical signal in the frequency domain. Experimental results demonstrate the use of this measurement technique for characterizing optical pulses at 10GHz from gain-switched laser diode.

The photon and the electron rate equation formalism is used to perform a numerical model for a Fabry-Perot laser diode under gain switching conditions. The simulation shows how the laser emission may become monomode using self-injection, even though the initial spectrum without feedback is multimode. Using this model, an experiment of pulse wing reduction technique is achieved with success.