.tel domains are publicly available for registration since March 24th 2009.
With more than 275,000 .tel domain name registrations in its first year already,
Telnic became the 7th largest registry under
supervision, leaving competitors like .asia and .name behind. A real success
story! In the meantime, the .tel community has grown to members in more than
170 countries all over the planet.
Rise to the world's No. 7 in only one year
By now, with the introduction of the numerous new
Top Level Domains
(nTLDs), the balance of powers has shifted again.
However, .tel is and will remain a successful and a special TLD that offers a
lot of surplus value for its customers.
Currently (as of January 2021), there are
about 65,000 .tel domains registered.
What makes .tel unique
.tel domains are based on a revolutionary technology that allows for the
usage of easy memorable names instead of numbers on the telephone, exactly as
we know it from the Internet. When surfing the Web, we use domain names
like www.mycompany.com to go to a certain Web page although that page is
actually identified by a number (its IP
With .tel, this principle is transferred to the telephone.
.tel – global white and yellow pages
With a .tel domain you can not only maintain contact data for landline
connections and mobile phones but all kinds of contact information, e.g.,
also for Fax, E-mail, Chat, Skype, location based information, etc.
And because these information can also be processed automatically, a lot of
useful applications and services can be built on top of them.
Because .tel has been introduced long before the bulk of nTLDs came into being,
a number of ICANN-imposed usage restrictions have applied until 2017.
For example, no individual A records were allowed so that it was not
possible to operate an independent website under a .tel domain.
Instead, you would select one of the available page layouts via the
TelHosting system and the associated apps with which you manage your contact
data and contents, and create your individual appearance with your own
images and a coloring of your choice.
.tel – a cost-effective way into the Internet
Especially in economically difficult times .tel domains present a
way for a broad target group to develop new markets at very low investments
and to strengthen the communication with existing customers while reducing
costs at the same time (e.g., by using Voice-over-IP
A fully fledged Top Level Domain – and more
In March 2017, ICANN has lifted all important restrictions so that it is now
possible to operate individual Websites and all types of services with a .tel domain.
It still remains possible, however, to use the included TelHosting service to
manage and host the domain data, although with a somewhat modified function range.
Together with the updated policy, new features have been added, such as
more advanced user options for page layout and design, voucher and offers,
PayPal integration, PDF publishing, and an image gallery.
Other features have been abandoned, like support for subdomains, private data
(previously known as »TelFriends«) and the .tel domain search function
You can see an example page with the new look and including some of the above
features at telpage.tel
.tel is a unique, versatile and cost-effective top level domain that makes
it possible for absolutely everybody to present themselves on the Internet.