Introduced 1992
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry Electronic and Postal Communications Authority (AKEP)
Sponsor Electronic and Postal Communications Authority (AKEP)
Intended use Entities connected with  Albania
Actual use Very popular in Albania, also used elsewhere. Sometimes used in the State of Alabama.
Registration restrictions Free for anyone, some restrictions apply only on second level domains (ex: which are allowed only for Albanian Citizens and Businesses registered in Albania
Dispute policies Disputes must be with registrant alone; NIC disclaims all legal responsibilities
Registry website .al AKEP

.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. 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,,, and[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.,,,, and labeled appropriately for the type of organisation, but many now exist directly below .al.[citation needed]

Whois servers [ edit ]

The .al zone has never provided whois service due to privacy concerns.

Domain figures [ edit ]

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

Type Registrations
.al 18,493 990 338 156 143 56 2

List of authorized hosts

Host Total
AKEP 3,200
Albtelecom 72
ShqipëriaCom 7,992
Webhost 6,227
Keminet 1,309
Studio Driar 680
Digicom 0
Ederhost 698

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Domains Application Form". (in Albanian). Archived from the original on 2018-07-21. Retrieved 6 April 2018.

External links [ edit ]

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