A nationwide travel alert has been issued. A reservations system outage has caused delays and cancellations for Virgin Australia.Virgin Australia issued a travel alert after its booking and check-in systems shut down at approximately 1:40pm (AEDT) Tuesday for approximately three hours, ABC News reported.Staff were forced to check-in passengers manually, causing hours long delays.Both international and domestic flights were affected by the outage, with Virgin Australia cancelling 30 flights around the country; eight of which were meant to depart Melbourne.Sabre, Virgin’s relatively new reservations system, suffered a global outage affecting a number of carriers around the world including American Airlines and United Airlines.Customers who did not arrive for flights on Tuesday afternoon will not be penalised and will be provided with a full credit for the cost of their flight.Virgin Australia has also released a special compensation policy for customers travelling today; a full credit for their itinerary, including connecting flights.Customers may also change their flight free-of-charge to another service to the same destination, no later than 13 August 2013, while those travelling away from home may also be eligible for hotel accommodation.Visit Virgin Australia’s website for updated flight information.Source = ETB News: P.T.
Gábor Mátrai, the vice-president of communications at Hungarian media and telecom regulator the NMHH is to leave the organisation by mutual consent.Mátrai’s departure follows the appointment by Hungarian premier Viktor Orbán of Mónika Karas as president of the NMHH, following the death of the previous president Annamárai Szalai.Mátrai was last year named as vice-president of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), the body set up to facilitate the exchange of information between European national telecom regulators and to advise the EC.
The ad hoc committee set up by Vivendi to weigh the rival offers for telecom unit SFR tabled by Numericable shareholder Altice and construction-to-telecoms conglomerate Bouygues came out yesterday in favour of a deal with Numericable, according to a report in financial daily Les Echos, without citing sources.According to the paper, the committee’s opinion is not decisive but is likely to carry weight as Vivendi’s board meets to consider the matter this morning. Vivendi has confirmed that its supervisory board is meeting now to consider the two offers.The belief that Vivendi is leaning towards a deal with Numericable was given weight by an interview given by industry minister Arnaud Montebourg to the Europe 1 radio station this morning. Montebourg, who is know to favour a deal with Bouygues, in part due to his belief that France would benefit from a reduction in the number of mobile telecom players from four to three, said that he “understood” that Vivendi “prefers the choice of Numericable”.Montebourg underlined what he sees as the risks of the Numericable option, citing the latter’s debt levels and the relatively small size of Numericable relative to SFR.Montebourg also criticised the tax arrangements of Altice proprietor Patrick Drahi, citing the fact that Numericable is owned by a holding company based in Luxembourg and quoted on the Amsterdam stock exchange, while Drahi is a Swiss resident with holding based in Guernsey.
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