UK businesses must follow suit to compete on the global stage, say experts.

International banking group HSBC is upgrading its internet infrastructure to compete in Asia, while the US government has set a deadline of 2012 to upgrade its servers and services to IPv6, but experts warn that the UK could be left behind.

The UK government and industry will be incapable of competing in a globally connected world if it does not upgrade to IPv6, bankers and experts warned at the annual meeting of the Internet Society in London on 29 September. Mark Reese, head of systems engineering at HSBC, pointed out that Asian banks are already using IPv6 to deliver streaming prices and hold video conferences with customers.

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