On August 1st 2016 ISP locking was abolished by law in Germany, allowing users to choose the router they want for their internet connection, be it DSL, cable, fiber optic or LTE. Benefits for customers include a greater of selection of kit to choose from, with more features, better performance and greater security.
Router freedom means you can choose whichever terminal device or router you want, one that might offer you better performance or greater security. Other benefits incldude new, innovative features such as faster WiFi, parental controls, or gaming functions.
Router freedom laws also apply to cable networks, meaning you can choose the router you want, and don't have to use the one provided by your ISP or operator.
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As well as being free to choose the router you want, you can also benefit from the latest FRITZ! updates. The new FRITZ!OS 7 or the FRITZ! Lab beta program, with include improved features and security, are also more widely available thanks to router freedom. You can even turn on automatic software updates if desired.