Kelly Ahuja

Senior Vice President

Service Provider Business, Products, and Solutions

Senior Vice President, Service Provider Business, Products, and Solutions

Kelly Ahuja is Senior Vice President of Service Provider Business, Products, and Solutions, where he is responsible for developing and managing the service provider segment strategy and portfolio within Cisco's Development organization.

Ahuja's 17-year career at Cisco is rooted in the design and deployment of telecommunications networks. Before his current position, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Mobility Business Group. In this role, he was responsible for the global business strategy and execution of Cisco's entire mobility product and technology solutions portfolio, which targeted mobile service operators. Prior to that, Ahuja acted as Chief Architect for the Service Provider business, covering routing, optical, mobility, video, and cloud technologies. Before that, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Service Provider Routing Technology Group, in which he evolved and expanded the routing portfolio and managed the transition from IPv4 to IPv6. During this period, Ahuja also led the acquisition of Starent, which became the foundation of the Mobile Internet Technology Group. In prior roles at Cisco, Ahuja was Vice President and General Manager of the Core Routing Business Unit and Vice President of Marketing for the Carrier Core Multi Service Business Unit.

Ahuja has more than 20 years of experience in telecommunications and networking. Before joining Cisco, he served as Vice President of Marketing at BlueLeaf Networks, a startup developing optical switching and transmission systems. Before that he led the product marketing team for Cisco network switches at StrataCom. In prior positions, he led the design and deployment of data and voice networks for several organizations in AT&T Canada and has also held engineering and analyst positions with Bank of Canada and Telesat Canada, designing, implementing, and supporting data and voice networks.

Ahuja holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Calgary.


February 23, 2016


Cisco Showcases “Innovation, Customer Traction and Partnership Success” at MWC 2016

Jetlag is way over rated, and in Barcelona there is tremendous enthusiasm for Cisco here at Mobile World Congress. This week, we are showing how we’re delivering on our strategy of helping service providers drive profitable business outcomes in today’s digital world and keep pace with an industry undergoing unprecedented change: Innovation— With the launch […]

February 18, 2016


Mobile World Congress: It’s Not Just for Mobile Anymore

Here we are, at the verge of what is the 30th Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona. It’s a show I tend to characterize as “the water cooler for...

January 11, 2016


Service Providers are on a Digital Journey

The Internet is the lifeblood of the digital economy. And in the digital economy, there is no growth, no life without the connectivity delivered by service providers across...

November 17, 2015


Introducing Cloud Scale Solutions

If you’ve been to an industry event over the past five years and heard a service provider speak, it’s pretty apparent that our industry can no longer continue with business as usual. Cost and agility are critical business needs driving major industry transformation. But, things are a bit different this time around, since they are […]

September 30, 2015


Cisco Advancing Virtualization with AT&T

Cisco’s secret weapons are our engineers and our commitment to innovation that solves our customers’ business problems. When we committed ourselves to being the leader in networking virtualization in the service provider industry, our team has been maniacally focused on Network Function Virtualization (NFV) to enable our customers to transform their network architectures and prepare […]

September 8, 2015


Verizon Partners with Cisco to Set Roadmap to 5G Technology in U.S.; Field Trials to Start in 2016

The march toward a wireless world took another big step this week. Cisco is partnering with Verizon in its aggressive roadmap for fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless technology. By working closely with Cisco and other technology leaders, Verizon aims to launch 5G field technology trials next year. Last month, the companies kicked-off the first-ever Verizon 5G […]

March 10, 2015


Reflections on Mobile World Congress 2015: Transformation Through Innovation

As I reflected on a very memorable Mobile World Congress 2015 during the plane ride home from Barcelona a few days ago, it became clear that the transformation Cisco has been seeing in the telecommunications service provider industry is now a global movement. It’s not just happening in Europe, or Latin America, or Asia. It’s […]

September 29, 2014


Cisco and Service Providers – Transformation for the Internet of Everything

Just a few years ago, I’d go out for an occasional weekend drive to take in the splendor of Northern California, and leave my mobile phone and various gadgets behind. Those days are long gone. Over time, smart devices and connectivity have transformed my life – as I’m sure they have yours – and become […]

September 23, 2014


Service Provider Transformation through Innovation

No doubt, these are exciting times for service providers.  With the massive transformations that are happening nowadays in the industry and marketplace, being at the center of it all presents a huge opportunity. Well, this is exactly where service providers find themselves today: at the center of how enterprise businesses and consumers can transform through […]

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