Participation Guidelines

Participation Guidelines

Creating a website that meets the participation guidelines will make your website compatible with the Platform. This document will help you configure your website and submit it for review to be listed within


The goal of the Platform is to allow more people to experience the benefits of being online. Having content and services available for people who are new to the internet that are useful and easy to use is a critical part of bringing them online. Our goal with the Platform is to include as many developers and entrepreneurs as possible. Compatibility for listing within is based on the below criteria:

  1. Explore the entire internet
    The Platform aims to give people valuable free services that they can use to discover the entire wealth of online services and, ultimately become paying users of the internet. Services should encourage the exploration of the broader internet wherever possible.
  2. Efficiency
    To sustainably deliver free basic internet services to people, we need to build apps that use data very efficiently. Operators have made significant economic investments to bring the internet to people globally, and needs to be sustainable for operators so that they can continue to invest in the infrastructure to maintain, improve and expand their networks. Websites that require high-bandwidth will not be included. Services should not use VoIP, video, file transfer, high resolution photos, or high volume of photos.
  3. Technical specifications
    Websites must be built to be optimized for browsing on both feature and smartphones and in limited bandwidth scenarios. In addition, websites must be properly integrated with to allow zero rating and therefore can’t require JavaScript or SSL/TLS/HTTPS and must meet these technical guidelines.

Before you submit your website, be sure you’ve read and comply with these guidelines and our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Your website must also comply with local laws and regulations.

Review Process

Once you’ve created your website, we’ll review it and make sure it meets the Participation Guidelines. We reserve the right to reject or remove services that fail to meet these guidelines.

The review process is a way to ensure the best possible experience for people that will interact with your content. The goal of this process is to make sure your website is compliant with the Participation Guidelines.

Reviews are completed in the order they are submitted and received. If your website is compatible, a member of the team will be in contact. An team member may also contact you if your website requires additional revisions to become technically compatible.

Due to the large volume of requests we are currently receiving, it may take 4-6 weeks to receive a response from a member of the team.

It’s important to remember that it’s the operators who are making these services available for free. Developers do not pay to be included, and operators do not charge developers for the data people use for their services. Operators may decline services that cause undue strain to networks, or breach legal or regulatory requirements.


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