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Zeetta Networks: Building a smart-city scale network operating system

Zeetta Networks: Building a smart-city scale network operating system

Zeetta Networks is a spin-out company from the University of Bristol that has developed an innovative software approach to network solutions. NetOs® is designed to break vendor-lock-ins using a unique open networking platform enabling the fast and efficient deployment of services such as ultra-HD video distribution, city-wide Wi-Fi and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Zeetta Networks: Building a smart-city scale network operating system

FACT FILE

Start date: 2015

Website: Visit website

Location: Bristol

Employees: 35

SETsquared programme: Innovation to Commercial Realisation (ICURe)

SETsquared support received: ICURe grant, events, market research, networking

Investment raised: Innovate UK Grant £500k; Private funding £310k

KEY MILESTONES

February 2015

Started on ICURe Programme

April 2015

Presented technology at 4th Annual World Congress of Emerging InfoTech in China

October 2015

Smart City Project – REPLICATE, funded by Horizon 2020

December 2015

Secured $2m venture capital investment

April 2016

Agreement signed with Bristol Sport. Receive IEEE award for Best Optical Communications and Networking Innovation

October 2016

NetOS® deployed in Bristol-wide Smart City testbed. Won Innovate UK ‘First of a kind deployment of innovation’ competition to deploy NetOS® in the Ashton Gate Stadium

May 2016

Won £2.3m funding from Innovate UK & Horizon2020 programme

July 2017

£1.6m of follow-up investment

May 2018

Preparing for series A funding round

“The ICURe programme really gave us the market focus to achieve success. We were talking to lots of people, not asking the right questions and focusing our efforts on a wide target. ICURe encouraged us to narrow our reach and explore short-term goals that would grow our business and test our technology.”

“Our technology was ready for many smaller deployment sites with complex needs, like stadiums, airports and hospitals. As a result, we focused on those as short-term goals and began working on developing larger deployments like smart cities and telecom service providers as a long-term goal.”

“The training and mentoring on the ICURe programme was excellent and it helped us attract venture capitalist funding. We received $2m in funding from two investors, IP Group plc and Breed Reply, and that is allowing us to significantly accelerate our growth plans, enabling us to expand our commercial and technical teams and target new markets.”

“A number of exciting projects are in the pipeline. Firstly we are working with Bristol City Council to deploy NetOS® in their Smart City Testbed called ‘Bristol Is Open’ to create an efficient, integrated and interactive urban environment for the benefit of its citizens.”

“We’ve also partnered with Ashton Gate Stadium to trial our cutting-edge technology to manage their high density Wi-Fi network, in a ‘first-of-a-kind’ deployment within a large stadium.

“In 2017 we won two new projects with the UK Governement as part of their 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme for a total of £1.2m. This included a 5G Smart Tourism and 5G Rural First project. They are part of a £1 billion commitment through the Digital Strategy to keep Britain at the forefront of connectivity by accelerating the deployment of next generation digital infrastructure and driving forward new 5G business opportunities.”

“Looking ahead we are seeking to raise an additional £5m series A funding round towards the end of 2018.”

Dr Mayur Channegowda

Dr Mayur Channegowda, Chief Scientist
Zeetta Networks Limited

SETSquared is a partnership between

  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Surrey