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(.TEL Updates on March 13th, 2017)
(.TEL Updates on March 13th, 2017)
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==== Summary ====
==== Summary ====
As of March 13, 2017, DNS Restrictions lifted by the registry and .TEL registrants will be granted the freedom of choice with respect to the hosting and use of their .tel domain. A newly upgraded Telhosting platform (available Feb 13th, 2017) will become one option among many for customers to showcase their .TEL domain names.
As of March 13, 2017, previous DNS restrictions will be lifted by the registry, allowing .TEL registrants the freedom to choose how to use and host their .TEL domain names.  
A newly upgraded Telhosting platform (available Feb 13th, 2017) will be a ready-made option among others for customers to showcase their .TEL domain names.
==== A New Telhosting Platform ====
==== A New Telhosting Platform ====

Revision as of 23:54, 7 February 2017


.TEL is the universally recognised web address for publishing contact details online and is primarily intended to serve the needs of individuals and businesses that wish to store their contact information using the DNS.

Registrants of .TEL domains have the freedom of choice with respect to the hosting and use of their .TEL domain. If desired, the Telhosting platform is available which offers domain owners a compact, feature rich, single page solution to hosting and publishing their very own digital profile which can be totally managed using free iPhone and Android smartphone apps.

A .TEL domain is an excellent beginning for individuals who may be looking to make their first steps toward establishing an internet presence and being discovered in search online.

Introduced 2005
TLD Type Generic
Category Media
Registry Telnic Ltd
IDN Capable Yes
Webpage Register .TEL







Dispute Policy


  • Registrant Contacts: Required: / Maximum:
  • Admin Contacts: Required: / Maximum:
  • Tech Contacts: Required: / Maximum:
  • Billing Contacts: Required: / Maximum:

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Allowed number of NS



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.TEL Updates on March 13th, 2017


As of March 13, 2017, previous DNS restrictions will be lifted by the registry, allowing .TEL registrants the freedom to choose how to use and host their .TEL domain names.

A newly upgraded Telhosting platform (available Feb 13th, 2017) will be a ready-made option among others for customers to showcase their .TEL domain names.

A New Telhosting Platform

.TEL registrants will be issued an email with account details for the new, optional Telhosting system. This information will also be available on the registry's website ( Updates may be made on the new system, but any content created will not resolve in the DNS until March 13th, 2017. Prior to 13th March 2017, domains will continue to resolve normally in the current system.

iOS and Android apps will be available that will enable .TEL domain name customers using Telhosting to manage their domain names using their smartphone. Downloads for these apps will be available from Telnic's web site or from the Apple and Google Play stores in March 2017.

Key Dates and Actions to be Taken

Please note that the current Telhosting system will be permanently shut down and that any data in the current system will be PERMANENTLY DELETED on March 13th, 2017. Any .TEL domain owner that wishes to extract a copy of their data from the current system should run the BACKUP function from their current Telhosting account by March 12th, 2017 at the latest. This will produce an XML file containing all of their data which can be used either as a reference for populating their new account or as a data source for populating an independent and separate third party hosting solution. Data that is not backed up will not be recoverable.

It is also important to note that Telnic is unable to run the current and new platform and will not be offering sub domain functionality in the new platform. Once again, .TEL domain registrants are advised to back up their domain data from the current platform by 12th March 2017. Should .TEL registrants wish to continue to host their domain on a similar version to the current Telhosting platform which incorporates sub domains, please ask them to contact us at [email protected] to discuss options available.

More Information

For more details and Frequently Asked Questions, please refer to the following document provided by the .TEL Registry, as well as the registry's website (


Domain Registration

Domains can be registered with the API AddDomain command.

command = AddDomain
domain  = (DOMAIN)


ownercontact0 = (CONTACT)
admincontact0 = (CONTACT)
techcontact0 = (CONTACT)
billingcontact0 = (CONTACT)
nameserver0 = (NAMESERVER)
nameserver1 = (NAMESERVER)


secdns-ds# = <LONGTEXT> | <NULL>
secdns-key# = <LONGTEXT> | <NULL>
secdns-maxsiglife = <INT>

auth = <TEXT> | <NULL>
host# = <TEXT> | <NULL>
transferlock = 0 | 1 | <NULL>
subuser = <TEXT> | <NULL>

nameserverset = <TEXT> | <NULL>

Domain Transfer

There is a special procedure to handle a domain transfer. Please contact our Support-Team if you should need further information.

command = TransferDomain
domain = (DOMAIN)


auth = <TEXT> | <NULL>



emaillanguage = <TEXT>
emailurl = <TEXT>
emaillanguage = <TEXT>
emailtac = <TEXT>
requestentity = <TEXT>
emailsender = <TEXT> | <NULL>
emailsubject = <TEXT> | <NULL>

subuser = <TEXT> | <NULL>
period = <PERIOD>

transferlock = 0 | 1 | <NULL>

Delete Domain

Domains can be deleted with the API DeleteDomain command.
There is no Deletion Restorable Period.

command = DeleteDomain
domain = (DOMAIN)


domainalerttriggercode = <TEXT> | <NULL>
repository = <TEXT> | <NULL>

Restore Domain

command = RestoreDomain
domain = (DOMAIN)


renewalmode = <NULL> | <TEXT>
subuser = <TEXT>


TLD specific

Domain Limitations and Requirements


As soon as a domain has been registered successfully, the following parameters will provide you the login and password for the .TEL-hosting platform.

Please add the following parameters with the StatusDomain command:

PROPERTY[X-TEL-CTH-LOGIN][0] (shows the login)
PROPERTY[X-TEL-CTH-PASSWORD][0] (shows the password)

Via the Web-Interface: Once registered, please use your provided control panel to retrieve your .TEL-hosting Platform login details. Please be advised that each and every .TEL domain has its own .TEL-hosting Platform login credential. You can obtain this information via the API-Command above or by clicking on Domains/Status in the HEXONET Web-Interface. Using the specific login credentials provided, you can setup and configure your .TEL domain at Configuration changes and initial setup may take up to six hours to process and to take effect. Additional configuration assistance is available in the Tel-hosting Platform interface, under "Users Guide" section.

Please note that your domain will stay in status Pending create unless you have configured your domain. The URL to login to the TEL-hosting platform can be found here:

TEL-Hosting - Documentation

Download the TELuser guide here: TELhosting user guide

A German version can be found here: TelUserGuide (german-version)

Information about the .TEL Machine:

See the TELNIC specific API commands here: TELNIC specific commands

Necessary actions after .TEL domain transfer

A .TEL domain managed through our system needs 3 objects: the domain itself, a so called CTH user and a so called CTH zone. Only if all 3 objects exist and are correctly assigned to each other, the .TEL domain can be used properly.

  • At first, you have to create a .TEL CTH user account with a specific password by using the following command:


EXAMPLE: - Please remember the password when creating a new account. If you do not explicitly set a password, the .TEL system will automatically generate a random password for you. The password will be displayed after sending the command and will be sent out to the email address of the registrant.
In case of creating a CTH user with this command, the password will not be visible in the status of the domain afterwards. Please note that the maximum length of a username is 32 characters.

command = TELNIC_CTH_CreateUser
X-TEL-CTH-PASSWORD = <TEXT> (optional)

  • The next step is to create a .TEL CTH zone by using the following command:

TELNIC_CTH_CreateZone. This command creates a new .TEL zone and assigns it to the respective .TEL CTH user account. The optional parameter

synchronized = 0 | 1 

can be used to delete / remove a formerly added zone or a zone which is still at the foreign registrar (please refer to the example below).

EXAMPLE: - This command allows you to assign domains to an existing .TEL account.

command = TELNIC_CTH_CreateZone
domain = <DOMAIN>
synchronized = 0 | 1 (optional)
Please note that when choosing the option synchronized 1, the existing .TEL CTH zone at the foreign registrar will be deleted.



No special procedures.