Astelit LLC was established in 2005 as the third GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) operator in Ukraine. The company’s vision is to become a single-source provider of communication services. Its mobile network, life:), serves 8.7 million subscribers (96.9% of the Ukrainian population as of the second quarter 2011) , operates 10 life:) customer service centers, and 212 exclusive shops in 108 Ukraine cities. In addition, life:) subscribers can order life:) services through 117 branded points-of-sale and 47,382 GSM and nonGSM sales points throughout Ukraine. The company was the first in Ukraine to offer its customers enhanced data GSM environment-based (EDGE-based) high-speed data transfer services.
Within the first eight months of its operations in Ukraine, life:) added one million subscribers to its customer base. In late 2005, Wireless Intelligence, the market analyst managing the global database of mobile market information, acknowledged life:) as the fastest growing mobile communications operator worldwide in terms of subscribers. In 2006, Astelit became the first Ukrainian company to receive a prestigious international business award—The Stevie® Awards, considered by the New York Post to be the business world’s Oscar Award—for outperforming competitors from all over the world to win the distinction of “Best Overall Company.”
Astelit’s main challenge was minimizing the impact of site disasters, such as node failures that could compromise business continuity—a critical requirement for a business that relies on the constant availability of information to establish mobile communications and bill correctly. In addition, Astelit wanted to centralize database management and enhance performance.
Astelit overhauled its database infrastructure with Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition. The company also deployed Oracle Real Application Clusters 11g with Oracle Data Guard 11g to implement an efficient disaster recovery solution that reduces the time required to recover from a primary site disaster to less than five minutes. Finally, it installed a host of other Oracle solutions to automate application tuning, decrease query and reporting time, and reduce software costs.