On the third day of the 3G spectrum auction on Monday, the total provisional winning price at the end of round 16 for all 22 telecom circles stood at Rs. 4,324.19 crore against Saturday's Rs. 4,085.23 crore.

Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Mumbai, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Mumbai are among the top telecom circles where all leading telecom companies are showing keen interest. Some telecom circles like West Bengal, Orissa, Assam and Jammu and Kashmir are among the service areas that have so far failed to draw attention of participants. Telecom experts say it was just the beginning of the auction process which might become more intense and take days before the auction prices are finally settled.

Nine players

Nine leading telecom players, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar, Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices, are taking part in the e-auction.

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