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ALSO CALLED: RealTime Transport Protocol, Real-time Transport Protocol, Real Time Transport Protocol, RTTP, Real Time Protocol
DEFINITION: The Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP) is an Internet protocol standard that specifies a way for programs to manage the real-time transmission of multimedia data over either unicast or multicast network services. Originally specified in Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Request for Comments (RFC) 1889, RTP was designed by the IETF's Audio-Video Transport Working Group to support video conferences  … 
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RTP DEFINITION (continued): …  with multiple, geographically dispersed participants. RTP is commonly used in Internet telephony applications. RTP does not in itself guarantee real-time delivery of multimedia data (since this is dependent on network characteristics); it does, however, provide the wherewithal to manage the data as it arrives to best effect.RTP combines its data transport with a control protocol (RTCP), which makes it possible to monitor data delivery for large multicast networks. Monitoring allows the receiver to detect if there is any packet loss and to compensate for any delay jitter. Both protocols work independently … 
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