Building a smart-city scale network operating system

by Paul Cooper |



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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).



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


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 test-bed. 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 & Horizon 2020 programme
July 2017:  £1.6m of follow-up investment
May 2018:  Preparing for pre-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, Chief Scientist
Zeetta Networks Limited