Zeetta Networks, a leading provider of open networking software automation tools, has today announced the first ever multi-network management software, supporting UK government’s diversification drive, 5G-ENCODE. The new release of its network orchestration software targets private cellular networks and gives unified control and management of both Mobile 5G, Mobile LTE and Wi-Fi networks, all from a single pane of glass.
Making 5G a reality
This world first technology has been deployed at 5G-ENCODE, which is a £9 million collaborative pioneering project that aims to make the benefits of 5G a reality for UK manufacturers. 5G-ENCODE is the UK’s biggest trial of industrial 5G and one of the UK Government’s biggest investments in 5G technology for manufacturing to date.
The project, which is partially funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of the UK Government, as part of its 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, is run by a consortium of nine partners: Zeetta Networks, National Composites Centre, Mativision, Plataine, Solvay, Toshiba, Telefonica, Siemens and the University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab.
The Zeetta Networks technology has previously been tested with successful outcomes in large-scale deployments, including smart city initiatives like Bristol is Open and Bournemouth Smart Place and multi-purpose venues including Ashton Gate Stadium.
“We are incredibly excited to announce this new release of our technology targeting private cellular networks. As it stands today, Zeetta is the only company in the world able to visualise, control and manage connectivity services in such a vendor and technology agnostic way. This puts the UK at the forefront of 5G technology innovation which, when combined with network slicing and splicing, will be revolutionary for designing and operating networks now and in the future,” said Vassilis Seferidis, Founder and CEO, Zeetta Networks.
5G upgrade race
Zeetta Networks has developed the homegrown British software based on open standards, meaning it is compatible with Open Radio Access Networks and other open networking technologies, making it both technology and vendor agnostic. This fits in perfectly with the UK government’s 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy, which advocates deployment models based on open interfaces and interoperable standards.
The 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy was published to set out the Government’s plan to improve the resilience of the UK’s telecoms networks, boost competition and innovation in the 5G supply market. It outlines how they plan to put the country in the strongest position possible to unlock the wealth of economic and business benefits that 5G promises. In turn, Zeetta Network’s orchestration software aims to deliver on these key strategic objectives.
“The race is on to upgrade to 5G and unleash a wave of innovation across the country, so we are pleased to support Bristol firm Zeetta Networks as it brings its world-leading networking software to the UK market. Having a new and smaller supplier such as Zeetta developing this revolutionary technology supports our efforts to build back better with a more resilient and diverse telecoms supply chain,” said Matt Warman, Digital Infrastructure Minister.
Today’s Zeetta Networks deployment is an important the first step in realising the vision of a more open, innovative and secure telecoms sector. This will play a pivotal role in helping the UK to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19, creating jobs, driving inward investment and contributing to the country’s economic recovery.