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The Mayan’s are coming !!!

By December 19, 2012 General

The Mayan Calendar ends on December 21, 2012 and is claimed to be the start of a world apocalyptic event. While most people look at it as another prophecy that will not happen, some people believed that the prediction is true.

Scenarios suggested for the end of the world include the arrival of the next solar maximum, an interaction between Earth and the black hole at the center of the galaxy, or Earth’s collision with a planet called “Nibiru”.

At Frontier Networks, we have our doubts; however, in the event of a total world catastrophe we are happy to announce that our standard emergency provisioning is in effect.


We have ample Generators and have completed our weekly testing. They operate in both Diesel and Natural Gas mode. If the world does end and the supply of Natural Gas does cease to operate, we will steal as many fuel trucks as possible.

Geographic considerations

Our core network operates in the following markets:

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Toronto, Ontario (failover hot site)
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • New York, New York
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Seattle, Washington
  • London, England
  • Sydney, Australia

In the unlikely event that the world does end, our cloud voice platform has been specifically designed to fail on a round robin basis. If a server in Toronto is impacted, it will fail to the second server, If Toronto is wiped off the face of the earth, it will fail to its next logical point which is Vancouver. If Toronto and Vancouver disappear simultaneously, then Seattle and New York will kick in. Then UK……. You see where this is going.

This should will happen while your call is in process and will not drop. Of course, in the event of Earth’s collision with a planet called “Nibiru”, we cannot guarantee the success of the call at the other end.

There is a popular opinion that we there may not be any calls out there or people to make calls, however, if we are wrong, we are happy to announce that our elastic call platform does accommodate highly bursty traffic.

Diverse Access type

Assuming people still exist, and while the new order is formed, Frontier provided routers will accommodate dual access methods. So, if a plane or serious of asteroids land on your communication cables, the fail-over wireless and cellular paths should prevail. Now, if your entire street or city no longer exists, no fear, the underlying voice call fabric call will be redirected immediately to your cell phone until the primary path is detected once again.

Resilient and Super Tough Staff will be on site

We have recruited our staff for our Friday shift very carefully. Brian, a new hire, is a highly qualified network professional and a blackbelt. This should come in handy if someone attempts to force access to our building at any time and attempt to steal staff lunches.

On call schedule

Our standard on-call schedule will be in place. Please note, we are using the widely accept Gregorian calendar, also called the Western calendar. We won’t be acknowledging the Mayan Calander.

(Fun Fact – The Gregorian calendar is internationally the most widely accepted civil calendar. It was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII, after whom the calendar was named, by a decree signed on 24 February 1582; The Gregorian calendar was adopted initially by the Catholic countries of Europe, with other countries adopting it over the following centuries. Whereas, the The Maya calendar is a system of calendars used in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, clearly not as impressive as the Gregorian crowd.)

What to do if the world does end?

If the world does end, and any or all of our precautions fall short. We have modified our call out procedures to be the following:

Our Network Operations Centre (NOC) should be contacted in the following manner:

  • Priority 1 Service Requests: Yell loudly
  • Priority 2 Service Requests: Yell even louder

Our executive escalations during this period of disruption will remain the same. It is noted below:

Tier 4 – Escalation – 24 x 7 x 365 Marc Ackley Network Operations Manager and Chief Firewood Collector
Level 4 – Escalation 24 x 7 x 365 Tom Zimnicki Vice-President Operations & Regulatory Affairs and Leader of the new, non-government controlled CRTC and regulatory body (note that this role will require Tom to wear a funny hat of some sort)
Level 5 – Executive Escalation Luigi Calabrese President, head fibre planner, splicer, programmer, accounting, etc..

Good luck on Friday. Remember, we all survived Y2k, I doubt that the Mayan’s will.