Carnival to deploy Neuron platform to manage onboard connectivity

Cruise company Carnival Corporation has agreed a partnership with Neuron, formerly ESpace Networks, to implement Neuron’s vendor-neutral connectivity management platform to optimise internet access on its ships.

The move is part of Carnival Corporation’s wider connectivity optimisation strategy, which is focused on providing the best available connection at sea. The Neuron 360 platform provides an end-to-end view of connectivity operations and real-time data to proactively pinpoint any issues and opportunities for improvement.

In addition, Carnival has also deployed Neuron Grid, a connectivity management system including multi-vendor integrations and AI-powered traffic routing to dynamically route applications over the right network for improved performance.

“We want to continue providing the best available connection at sea and our partnership with Neuron allows us to have full visibility and control over our connectivity,” said Paul Marsh, Director, Global Connectivity and Destination Technology for Carnival Corporation.

“By investing in new and emerging technologies, we can push the boundaries of connectivity innovation with a fresh approach that will accelerate the future of connected cruising and transform the guest experience.”

Neuron, founded as ESpace Networks, has undergone a recent rebranding and includes former Inmarsat executives Rupert Pearce and Paul Gudonis among its ranks, as Board Chairman and Chief Operating Officer respectively. The firm closed a $10 million Series A funding round in May of this year.

“For things that move, like cruise ships, seamless connectivity is a uniquely tough challenge to solve,” said Benny Retnamony, founder and CEO, Neuron.

“In partnership with Neuron, Carnival Corporation has demonstrated that with the right data and technologies at their fingertips, they can drive more flexible and agile connectivity operations – and as a result, make connectivity experiences even better for their guests and crew, at all times, in all places.”

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