.ki is out to sea

Hardly anyone uses .ki domains. But there are some cool domain hacks, like s.ki.

In the Alexa top 1 million websites list, there are only two .ki domains: mon.ki and www.ki. But I don’t know why they are there because www.ki is a parked page and mon.ki doesn’t resolve.

.ki is for Kiribati, an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean with a population of around 100,000.

The registry website is at nic.ki, but it doesn’t resolve. And it hasn’t for.. months.. years? I’ve never been able to get to it. The Internet Archive doesn’t show anything since 2013.

It’s not a great sign for the ccTLD when the registry website is down. It’s a little better than showing phpinfo, like the Niger registry website, but not much.

Ok, so the registry website is down - who do you contact next to find out more about .ki? Next stop is the IANA Delegation Record for .ki:

.ki IANA record

Ok, good. Now I have the admin contact in the Ministry of Communications, Transport, and Tourism Development, and also a technical contact with the Telecommunications Authority of Kiribati. Maybe they will respond to an email?

My email to the administrative contact for the .ki registry bounced:

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

     ictadvisor@mcttd.gov.ki

Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain mcttd.gov.ki by aspmx.l.google.com. [2607:f8b0:4002:c07::1a].

The error that the other server returned was:
550-5.1.1 The email account that you tried to reach does not exist. Please try
550-5.1.1 double-checking the recipient's email address for typos or
550-5.1.1 unnecessary spaces. Learn more at
550 5.1.1  https://support.google.com/mail/answer/6596 m204si2689037ywb.47 - gsmtp

And my email to the technical contact also failed to be delivered:

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

     itaaka.tebaka@tak.gov.ki

Technical details of permanent failure:
DNS Error: 106968086 DNS type 'mx' lookup of tak.gov.ki responded with code SERVFAIL

Hmmm, now we are really running out of options. After searching around, I see that the Ministry of Communications, Transport, and Tourism Development website works! You can see it here. Great! Right at the top of the page in the header graphic is an email address to get in touch with someone:

mcttd.gov.ki

But, alas, it also bounces:

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

     enquiry@mcttd.gov.ki

Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain mcttd.gov.ki by aspmx.l.google.com. [2607:f8b0:4002:c0c::1a].

The error that the other server returned was:
550-5.1.1 The email account that you tried to reach does not exist. Please try
550-5.1.1 double-checking the recipient's email address for typos or
550-5.1.1 unnecessary spaces. Learn more at
550 5.1.1  https://support.google.com/mail/answer/6596 p67si7674928ywd.253 - gsmtp

Why are all of these emails to the mcttd.gov.ki bouncing? Let’s look at the WHOIS info for this domain:

Domain Name: mcttd.gov.ki
Domain ID: 18158-CoCCA
WHOIS Server: whois.nic.ki
Referral URL:
Updated Date: 2015-10-29T01:39:16.196Z
Creation Date: 2006-05-17T12:00:00.0Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2015-12-30T14:30:00.0Z
Sponsoring Registrar: Communications Commission of Kiribati
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: Not Applicable
Domain Status: ok
Registrant ID: 966471-CoCCA
Registrant Name: Ministry of Communications
Registrant Street: Betio Stree 265
Registrant City: Tarawa
Registrant State/Province:
Registrant Postal Code:
Registrant Country: KI
Registrant Phone:
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Email: unknown
Admin ID: 966470-CoCCA
Admin Name: Permanent Secretary
Admin Street: Bairiki
Admin City: Tarawa
Admin State/Province:
Admin Postal Code:
Admin Country: KI
Admin Phone:
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Email: secretary@mcic.gov.ki
Name Server: ns1.ikiribatihosting.com
Name Server: ns2.ikiribatihosting.com
DNSSEC: unsigned
Additional Section
Sponsoring Registrar URL:
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2016-04-29T02:27:45.332Z <<<

Uh oh… The domain expired in December of last year. Well, they are the registry, so they can do what they want. And it still resolves… so, whatever. But there is another admin email address here: secretary@mcic.gov.ki. At least it is a different domain, right? Maybe there is hope?

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

     secretary@mcic.gov.ki

Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain mcic.gov.ki by mx2.sub4.homie.mail.dreamhost.com. [69.163.253.137].

The error that the other server returned was:
550 5.1.1 <secretary@mcic.gov.ki>: Recipient address rejected: User unknown in virtual alias table

I was able to load the webpage for the domain mcic.gov.ki for a few days last month when I tried it, but now it is returning “Error establishing database connection.”

I guess the next step is to use the phone numbers and try calling them on the telephone. After that, we can try writing letters, or visiting.