Industry regulator the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has finally completed its transition to a new technology neutral Universal Licence Regime, allowing local operators to roll out a wide range of access technologies to suit their business models without having to seek individual permits for each technology employed. The introduction of the new regime is being welcomed as open technology licensing could prove the spur to drive much needed inward investment in the country’s telecoms market, not least because universal concessions will not carry additional licence fees – as has been the case in the past. FrontPageAfrica notes that following a protracted period of discussions with Liberia’s telecoms operators and other stakeholders, the LTA has finally implemented the new regulations that allow operators to smoothly migrate to the new framework. It is understood that thus far, mobile operator Cellcom Telecommunications is the only company to have successfully concluded negotiations for its new universal licence, with talks finalised last week. Cellcom’s new licence – as will be the case with all new awards – carries a levy equivalent to 3% of gross turnover (per annum), rather than a fixed annual fee. The fee is on top of an operator’s standard regulatory fees for spectrum allocations and number blocks, and other administrative fees due to the LTA.