BCL's national high-speed broadband network, traditionally used for TV and radio, is now available to Internet service providers.
Trials of BCL's (Broadcast Communications) system have demonstrated file transfer speeds of 200Kbit/s to 400Kbit/s compared with about 50Kbit/s for normal telephone dial-up access.
BCL, which is currently talking to Auckland ISPs, is also offering access to international satellite capacity.
BCL managing director Geoff Lawson says trials of the broadband system have shown it can cut the time for receiving large files by more than 18 times. "We receive files that normally take 25 minutes to download via conventional Internet links in one minute, 20 seconds."
BCL provides a national TV and radio broadcast network that covers 99.9% of the New Zealand population. The high-speed Internet service, using high-frequency Ku band (12GHz to 14GHz) licences, will be made available to all ISPs and their customers.
Lawson says BCL will be offering the market an independent and neutral service.
"All that are needed to receive it are a card installed inside a computer and a very small off-the-shelf receiving dish aimed at the nearest BCL transmission site," he says. A modem is still required for return transmissions.
BCL plans to roll out the service in Auckland before extending it to cover other parts of the country. It will also be offering a high-speed national and international Internet trunk service.