British Telecommunications has been fined by the watchdog that oversees telecommunications in the United Kingdom, The Telegraph reports. The fine, equivalent to about US $1,177,000, was imposed after delays launching a text-to-speech service to help those with hearing or speech impairments.
The British regulator Ofcom had given all UK landline and mobile phone operators until April 18 of last year to create the service, allowing users to type what they wanted to say and have it spoken in a phone conversation by a call center operator.
The service also had to allow the user to read spoken replies as text, allowing a normal conversation to take place.
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