Domain Registration Related News
New .tel domain will manage contacts
ICANN has approved an application for a new .tel domain, that will
hold contact details for companies and individuals. The final contract
has yet to be produced, but Telnic, the company that put in the
application, is expecting to offer .tel domains by the end of 2006.
"It's a place to look for contact information, and will be a customer
managed system," said Khashayar Mahdavi, chief executive of Telnic.
Users decide what contact information to put in their .tel domain, and
visitors can then click through to phone, web, e-mail or IM contacts.
The .tel contract negotiations are not guaranteed to be successful,
but Mahdavi expects to have a contract in three to six months. "It
will take another six months 'sunrise period' to start up," he said.
"I would expect somewhere in 2006, to meet with our community and
develop the .tel domain." After this, .tel domains could be bundled
with other communications services.
Telnic's idea is complementary to the .mobi domain, which reached the
next stage, signing a contract with ICANN earlier this month. The .mobi
domain is intended for content designed for viewing on mobile phones,
as a way to boost the mobile content market.