.al

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.al
Introduced21 April 1992
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
StatusActive
RegistryElectronic and Postal Communications Authority (AKEP)
SponsorElectronic and Postal Communications Authority
Intended useEntities connected with  Albania
Actual useVery popular in Albania, also used elsewhere. Sometimes used in the US state of Alabama.
Registration restrictionsFree for anyone, some restrictions apply only on second level domains (ex: .com.al) which are allowed only for Albanian citizens and businesses registered in Albania
Dispute policiesDisputes must be with registrant alone; NIC disclaims all legal responsibilities
Registry websiteakep.al

.al is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Albania. It is administered by the Electronic and Postal Communications Authority of Albania (AKEP).

AKEP recommends that .al domain registrations be performed with one of the AKEP accredited registrars.[1] There are also international registrars that resell .al domains.[2] Domain names should be between 2 and 63 characters. Although the Albanian language has a number of special characters, the registry has not enabled the use of IDN characters.

2nd level registrations[edit]

In the past, registrations were not permitted directly at the second level, but a few existing names were "grandfathered"; they were uniti.al, tirana.al, soros.al, upt.al and inima.al.[citation needed]

In 2012 registrars started to resell .al domain names widely making them popular outside Albania as domain hacks.[citation needed]

In November 2014 the registry released two character domain names allowing for free landrush.[citation needed]

3rd level registrations[edit]

Registrations used to be only beneath the second-levels, i.e., .com.al, .net.al, .org.al, and .edu.al labeled appropriately for the type of organisation, but many now exist directly below .al.[citation needed]

Whois servers[edit]

As of November 1st, 2019, the Autoriteti i Komunikimeve Elektronike dhe Postare (AKEP) has mandated that all AKEP accredited registrars begin verifying and updating the WHOIS contact information for all new domain registrations and Registrant contact modifications.

Domain figures[edit]

The table below lists the total registration figures as of December 2017.

Type Registrations
.al 18,493
.com.al 990
.gov.al 338
.org.al 156
.edu.al 143
.net.al 56
.mil.al 2

List of authorized hosts[edit]

Host Total
AKEP 3,380
Albtelecom 72
ShqipëriaCom 8,396
Webhost 7,078
Keminet 1,710
Studio Driar 680
Digicom 0
Upflare.com 1898

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Domains Application Form". www.akep.al (in Albanian). Archived from the original on 2018-07-21. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Domain .al Domains". Archived from the original on 2019-04-13. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  3. ^ "RAPORT VJETOR AKEP 2019 PER KUVEND" (PDF). www.akep.al. Retrieved March 12, 2022.

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