[tz] [IANA #985615] Sudan Time Zone change

itisalat at ntc.gov.sd itisalat at ntc.gov.sd
Wed Oct 18 06:36:19 UTC 2017

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From: "yahia" <yahia at ntc.gov.sd> 
To: "Matt Johnson" <mj1856 at hotmail.com>, "Paul Eggert" <eggert at cs.ucla.edu>, "ahmed atyya" <ahmed.atyya at ntc.gov.sd>, "Time Zone Mailing List" <tz at iana.org> 
Cc: "itisalat" <itisalat at ntc.gov.sd>, "abdin" <abdin at ntc.gov.sd>, "nadir" <nadir at ntc.gov.sd>, "abdelhafiz " <abdelhafiz at ntc.gov.sd> 
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 8:37:09 AM 
Subject: RE: [tz] [IANA #985615] Sudan Time Zone change 

Dear Brothers 

This is dr. Yahia Abdalla, DG of National Telecommunication Cooperation, the telecommunication Regulator of Sudan 

This is to confirm the following: 

1- the change of time (to be GMT +2 instead of GMT+3 ) is going to be permanently starting from 1st November 2017 

2- The governmental decision has been taken already, and no way to delay it. 

3- the change will be through the entire country. 

4- we already contacted the telecommunication operators in Sudan to prepare for the change. 

hope these point answered your questions.... and we are ready to answer any more questions 

Thank you for your cooperation 

From: Matt Johnson [mailto:mj1856 at hotmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 11:47 PM 
To: Paul Eggert; ahmed.atyya at ntc.gov.sd; Time Zone Mailing List 
Cc: 'abdin'; 'yahia '; 'nadir'; 'abdelhafiz ' 
Subject: Re: [tz] [IANA #985615] Sudan Time Zone change 

Dear Mr. Ahmed Atyya, 

Thank you for updating us all about this change. Respectfully, please understand that two weeks notice is very little time for this change to be processed. Even if we move quickly, it is likely that those in the affected region, and those who interact with Sudan worldwide, will not get the change installed onto their computers and devices before the change goes into effect. 

Can you please let us know if this change is already official and enacted - definitely to take effect on November 1, 2017 as you stated? Or is the effective date something the government is still working on? Is there an opportunity to request a delay? 

For more about the sorts of things that happen with short-notice time zone changes, please read this article on my personal blog: 



Matt Johnson 

Microsoft Corporation 

From: tz-bounces at iana.org < tz-bounces at iana.org > on behalf of Paul Eggert < eggert at cs.ucla.edu > 
Sent: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:47 PM 
To: ahmed.atyya at ntc.gov.sd ; Time Zone Mailing List 
Cc: 'abdin'; 'yahia '; 'nadir'; 'abdelhafiz ' 
Subject: Re: [tz] [IANA #985615] Sudan Time Zone change 

A proposed tzdb patch is attached, and I've installed it into the tzdb 
repository on GitHub. Before releasing a new tzdb version, I would like 
to improve on the patch by citing a public announcement by Sudan's 
government or in a reliable news source. 

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