TLD typeSponsored top-level domain
RegistryTelnic Limited
SponsorTelnic Limited
Intended useContact Details
Registration restrictionsNone
StructureDirect second-level registrations are permitted; single digits and single-numeric domains are restricted
DocumentsICANN New sTLD RFP Application
Dispute policiesUDRP, Sunrise dispute resolution procedure[1]
Registry websiteTelnic
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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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] The TLD implementation also supports the hCard micro-format.[5]

  1. ^ "Telnic | FAQ". Telnic.org. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Telnic web site". Telnic.org. Archived from the original on 2 March 2001. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  3. ^ "TLD Domain Counts". Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  4. ^ "voipGATE show off new .tel-powered apps at UCExpo « Telnic's Blog". Telnic.org. 11 March 2010. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Telnic increases .tel data portabilitywith hCard, OAuth and OpenID" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 April 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2011.

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