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ICANN Approves .Tel Domain

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ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) unanimously approved the creation of the new .Tel Top Level Domain (TLD) for contact information directories, and awarded the contract to Telnic Limited.

The .tel domain will enable people to reach a business from Internet enabled devices (computer or mobile) by typing, for example, “Hertz.tel”. The user will then be able to connect directly to a Hertz representative or navigate through a list of services that Hertz may offer.

“The .Tel domain offers the first genuinely different use of domains since .com was first created. It will provide seamless integration of existing methods of communication with emerging technologies like Voice over IP (VoIP). This places the .Tel domain at the core of the next phase of Internet development,” said Khashayar Mahdavi, CEO of Telnic.

People can also use the .tel domain to publish and update their contact information directly in the Domain Name System (DNS). They can decide, in real time, how their friends and colleagues will be able to reach them. This could include: VoIP, conventional telephony (fixed-line or wireless), email, SMS, Skype, AIM and others.

“The days of needing to remember several telephone numbers, numerous VoIP or instant message identities and other points of contact for our social and professional networks are over,” said Mahdavi.

Telnic will release free applications to allow .tel domains to be integrated with the commonly used address books found in computer systems and mobile phones.

ICANN Approves .Tel Domain
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