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Mobile broadband users are cleverer than people who do not use the technology, new research has found.

Sciocco, a research and consultancy group based in Italy, has conducted a study which compared the intelligence of mobile broadband subscribers compared to non-users, which was reported by Broadband Genie.

Reasoning skills displayed by 3G broadband users are as much as 12 per cent greater than those not connected to the internet on the move.

Further figures show that mobile broadband users display five per cent better linguistic and verbal skills and are three per cent better at maths.

"It's not clear at this stage what's causing the high correlation between mobile broadband usage and better intellectual and social skills, but it is clear from the results of this study that mobile broadband users do in fact show superior intelligence," a spokesperson told the broadband comparison site.

Juniper Research recently predicted that Long Term Evolution technology would generate nearly £50 billion for the mobile broadband market by 2015.

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