|TLD type||Sponsored top-level domain|
|Intended use||Contact Details|
|Structure||Direct second-level registrations are permitted; single digits and single-numeric domains are restricted|
|Documents||ICANN New sTLD RFP Application|
|Dispute policies||UDRP, Sunrise dispute resolution procedure|
The domain name .tel is a top-level domain (TLD) in the Domain Name System (DNS) of the Internet. It was approved by ICANN as a sponsored top-level domain, and is operated by Telnic. Telnic announced in January 2011 that over 300,000 domains had been registered since the start of general availability on 24 March 2009. A substantial drop of mostly IDN
.tels occurred at the beginning of 2014 - the current total registered
.tels as of 21 July 2016 is 98,516.
The domain's purpose is to provide a single name space for Internet communications services. Subdomain registrations serve as a single point of contact for individuals and businesses, providing a global contact directory service by hosting all types of contact information directly in the Domain Name System, without the need to build, host or manage a traditional web service. Additionally, as of July 2010, every .tel domain acts as an OpenID and an increasing number of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) clients can address a .tel domain name directly. The TLD implementation also supports the hCard micro-format.