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Real-time communications

(also RTC)

Real-time communications definition

Real-time communications refer to any form of communication that enables users to interact with each other instantly with little to no delay. They typically rely on high-speed internet connections and specialized software or hardware to ensure low latency and high-quality transmissions. Real-time communications are used in a wide range of applications, such as telemedicine, remote collaboration, and online customer support.

Real-time communications include several alternatives such as asynchronous communications, scheduled messages, and pre-recorded videos and photos. Various collaborative tools also allow users to work on projects in real-time or asynchronously.

See also: VoIP

Examples of real-time communications:

  • Voice and video calls allow people to communicate with each other in real-time over the internet.
  • Instant messaging allows people to send and receive messages instantly.
  • Online gaming enables players to interact with each other during gameplay.
  • Live streaming allows users to broadcast and watch live events in real-time.
  • Telemedicine enables healthcare professionals to provide remote consultations and monitor patients in real-time.
  • Remote collaboration empowers teams to work together in real-time from different locations.
  • Online customer support enables users to reach out to online customer support as well as it allows IT specialists to connect to users’ devices and help solve their issues.