For the first time since the 3G spectrum auction started, the provisional winning price for pan-India service crossed Rs. 5,000 crore on Friday, with Gujarat circle remaining most valued at Rs. 512 crore.

For the first time since the 3G spectrum auction started, the provisional winning price for pan-India service crossed Rs. 5,000 crore on Friday, with Gujarat circle remaining most valued at Rs. 512 crore. As against Thursday's winning price of Rs. 4,831 crore, this figure now stands at Rs. 5,095 crore after completion of 34 rounds of e-auction.

After Gujarat, the second most high-value service area is Delhi (Rs. 493 crore), followed by Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra (Rs. 483 crore each), Mumbai and Andhra Pradesh (Rs. 469 crore each) and Karnataka (Rs. 460 crore). The bidding for remaining 15 circles out of 22 is still to gain momentum.

Senior telecom officials believe that the e-auction process will still take a few more days and become more intense. Nine leading telecom players, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar, Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices are taking part in the e-auction that will pave way for the launch of 3G advanced mobile services by this year-end.