5G is still a few years out and has yet to be ratified. However, mobile telcos still need to keep evolving their network technology to offer faster speeds and a better user experience. LTE-Advanced Pro, also known as 4.5G, is a set of 3GPP-approved technologies currently available for all mobile network operators through major vendors such as Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, and ZTE.
This report covers key use cases of 4.5G, as well as the stage of 4.5G deployments as of 4Q 2016. Major vendor product, strategies, and their respective commercial successes are also outlined.