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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. 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 according to the daily domain name count at http://registrarstats.com/TLDDomainCounts.aspx. 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.
{{TLD| |logo = Tlogo.jpg |status = Active |country = |language = |translation = |manager = [[TelNic]] |registryprovider = [[Neustar]] |registrations = 256,566 (2012) |date = |type = |category = |community = |keypeople = }} [[Category:TLDs with Registry Agreements|tel]] '''.TEL''' was launched in 2005 by the registry operator [[TelNic]].http://telnic.tel/ .TEL was envisioned as a worldwide contact directory. For instance, if you had the TEL domain of a person or company, you could always look up their current email address or phone number. http://telnic.org/aboutus.html ==Name Servers & Telhost== Unlike most tlds, .TEL does not allow the registrant to set name servers for their domain. This means that .TEL domains also could not point to a hosting server to display a website. Also .TEL domains could not be parked. Instead .TEL domains had to be pointed to the Telhost server provided by the registry operator. The Telhost server displayed the contact information for the registrant. The Telhost server had a password protected web based interface for registrants to input and update their contact information. Telhost returned contact information in a well-defined format, so that an individual’s address book could automatically retrieve the latest contact information for someone based on their TEL domain. In theory you could call someone just by entering their TEL domain name instead of their phone number. In practice no major phone manufacturers supported TEL domain dialing. [https://teltalkorg.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/the-key-to-success-for-tel/], The key to success for .tel ==Reception by Domain Investors== Domain investors provide an aftermarket and informal sales force for TLDs. They also drive much of the initial launch volume. For the most part, domain investors did not buy .TEL domains. At the time, domain parking monetization was in full swing, and not being able to park a TEL domain was a major disadvantage for domain investors.[http://domaingang.com/domain-news/telnic-adds-insult-to-injury-launching-idn-tel-domains/], Telnic adds insult to injury: Launching IDN .tel domains ==Reception by Domain Registrars== Registrars that wanted to launch TEL domains were required to modify their control panels so that .TEL domains could not have their name servers set. Furthermore, supporting Telhost required that registrars integrate with the Telhost API. The Telhost API automated the creation of Telhost accounts for registrants. Many registrars, most notably Godaddy, decided the additional integration costs to support .TEL was not worth the potential revenue.[http://domainnamewire.com/2009/02/03/tel-landrush-what-you-need-to-know/], .Tel "Landrush": What You Need to Know. ==TLD Zone== As of 2015, the .TEL zone size is 129,000 domains. The TEL zone has been shrinking for several years now. ==References== {{reflist}}

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.tel Registrar Details

.TEL Domain Name
Telnic Limited
16 Charles II Street
London, SW1Y 4NW
+44 207 467 6450
+44 207 467 6451
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