.Tel Domain Approved

by Bruce Stewart

Ken Camp points out today that a new top-level domain for telecom services has been unanimously approved by ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). The .tel domain contract was awarded to Telnic Limited, and Telnic CEO Khashayar Mahdavi is obviously very bullish on the idea:

"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.

"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. By leveraging innovative DNS (Domain Name System) technology, the .Tel domain will allow anyone to publish and control, in real time, how they can be reached."