When government announced in January that it was reversing its position on adopting Daylight Saving Time in March, the news did not travel everywhere and as a result, some mobile devices displayed the incorrect time on Sunday (13 March).
Many device manufacturers and telecommunication companies use a global database to keep track of the world’s time zones and the ever-changing times that are set by various countries. The Internet Numbers Assigned Authority says the Time Zone Database “is updated periodically to reflect changes made by political bodies to time zone boundaries, UTC offsets, and daylight-saving rules.”
People in the telecommunications industry who were reached by Cayman 27 speculated that the database may not have been updated to reflect government’s change of heart after its original decision almost a year ago to put Cayman in sync with the US Eastern Time Zone. A patch had since reportedly been added to ensure that all mobile devices show Cayman to be UTC-5 while the Eastern Time Zone is UTC-4 during Daylight Saving Time.