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.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 are 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 is 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 platform may be accessed at More information will also be available on the registry's website ( New content on this and other platforms will now resolve in the DNS.

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 website or from the Apple and Google Play stores around March 2017.

Key Dates and Actions to be Taken

As of March 13th, 2017, the old Telhosting system was permanently shut down and any data was PERMANENTLY DELETED. Registrants who backed up their data may use it as a reference for populating their new account or as a data source for populating an independent and separate third party hosting solution.

It is also important to note that Telnic will not run the old and new platform simultaneously and will not be offering sub domain functionality in the new platform. 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 the .TEL registry 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



No special procedures.