The BIHARNET network users can communicate with the BIHNET network (commercial network JP PTT B&H) directly - and vice versa, since all the networks are interconnected via the Ethernet segment BIHIX (Internet exchange).
Direct access to the BIHARNET network via dial-up lines is not possible. Institutions, connected to the network by a leased line, can provide their users with this service on their own under observing the Rules for the Use of the BIHARNET network and its services. The BIHARNET Center has 8 dial-up connections for its own needs and for the needs of its users who have special authorizations.
Unfortunately, due to luck of political and other types of support, after 1999 when donor's project was finished, the stabile financial recourses for the normal functioning of NREN were not provided. The network is not in function because BIHARNET is not able to pay for connection.
The ministers for education and science from both B&H entities (Federation of B&H and Republic of Srpska) and representative of Ministry of Education of Republic of Slovenia signed in June 2001 the Agreement for financing the BIHARNET. In that Agreement was defined that financial recourses for reactivation and regular work of the network would be provided in the B&H entities' budget. But, nothing happened, the ministries that signed the document were changed in meantime (Elections every two years), few months ago the new ministers were appointed and we hope that they will finish the process on proper way.
The main problem related to BIHARNET is: The BIHARNET was established on state level but financing of the education, research and culture institutions in B&H is organized on other levels (entity and cantonal). All education institutions want and need good academic and research network but nobody in governments feels responsible for its sustainability because the Ministry of Education on state level does not exist. Anybody in governments also does not responsible to say that B&H does not need BIHARNET. Contrary, all prime ministers and ministers verbally support the NREN. As result of that policy BIHARNET still exists as legal body but without the financial recourse for connectivity, normal wok and development.