NB-IoT and eMTC: Engineering results towards 5G/IoT Mobile Technologies


  • Ahmed El Mahjoubi National School of Applied Sciences Kenitra https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4377-8264
  • Tomader Mazri National School of Applied Sciences Kenitra
  • Nabil Hmina National School of Applied Sciences Kenitra






5G RF technology is an essential part of the wireless mobile technology. Technically, 5G is predicted to empower people-thing and thing-thing interconnections by combining wireless technologies and networks. Our university has been actively support research on 4G/5G/IoT, in which the NB-IoT, eMTC and Massive Carrier Aggregation new features challenge are of big interest. New 5G trials put forward a lot of prerequisites for new RF interface in terms of radio bandwidth, power issues, as well as the huge number of connections for IoT capacity management and optimization. Based on Morocco’s current situation, this paper first discusses the 5G technologies; In addition, we will discuss IoT SoftRadio application support, and NB-IoT master plan recap. At last, based on the current plan of 5G RF KPIs management according to first Morocco 5G trail Results and Deployment plans.

Author Biographies

Ahmed El Mahjoubi, National School of Applied Sciences Kenitra

Dr. Ahmed EL MAHJOUBI (IEEE ID: 92602438 / HUAWEI ID: 84025230) received state engineer degree in networks & telecommunication systems from the National School of Applied Sciences Kenitra, Morocco, in 2014. Since 2014 he has been a Technical Director in the Department of Network Performances Service (NPS), Huawei Technologies. His main research interests include 3G/4G/5G systems QoS/QoE/KPIs, Network Audit, Network Planning and Optimization, wireless communication systems especially in the topics of RF systems.

He has been involved in several national and international MBB projects on RF Systems: IAM 2G/3G SingleRAN Project, IAM LTE & VoLTE Project, IAM GUL Project, INWI 3G/4G Project, INWI UMTS900 Project and Bouygues Telecom 4G/5G Project. He has been the radio coordinator of the first test of 4G+ in Morocco & Africa.

He has ranked number 1 in Morocco Network Performances Department and he has appraised “A” in Huawei Technologies worldwide annual evaluation.

He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in 5G/IoT systems engineering with IBN TOFAIL University (UIT) National School of Applied Sciences, Kenitra, MOROCCO, under the supervision of ENSAK Director. Nabil HMINA and Prof. Tomader MAZRI.

Tomader Mazri, National School of Applied Sciences Kenitra

Prof. Tomader Mazri, HDR degree in  Networks and Telecommunication from IbnTofail  University, Ph.D. degree in Microelectronics and Telecommunication from SidiMohamed BenAbdellah University and INPT of Rabat, Master’s degree in Microelectronics and Telecommunication Systems , Bachelor’s degree in telecommunication from CadiAyyad university. She is currently a professor at National School of Applied Sciences of Kenitra and a Permanent member of Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering Laboratory. Author and co-author of twenty articles journals, forty articles in international conferences, a chapter and three books. Her major research interests are on Microwave systems for mobile and radar, Smart antennas and NG Mobile network.

Nabil Hmina, National School of Applied Sciences Kenitra

Prof Nabil HMINA, Professor of Higher Education Director of the National School of Applied Sciences Kenitra, since November 2011 to date, Degree in Physics, Option: Thermodynamics - Mohammed V University, University PhD - Engineering Sciences, University and Ecole Centrale de Nantes, 1994,HDR (1st in Morocco) Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, 2002. Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Information Technology of the University Ibn Tofail, 2005-2011  Post-Doctoral Researcher: EDF - thermokinetics Laboratory of Nantes, 1994-1995, Research Engineer at PolyTech school of Nantes, 1995-1997. Director of the research laboratory "Systems Engineering" since 2012 (15 permanent teachers 10 teachers Researchers Associate researchers 75 PhD students.

Author and / or co-author of a dozen articles in notorious newspapers and forty papers in international conferences. Jury President, member of several theses and Habilitations for research orientation.




How to Cite

El Mahjoubi, A., Mazri, T., & Hmina, N. (2019). NB-IoT and eMTC: Engineering results towards 5G/IoT Mobile Technologies. International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM), 13(01), pp. 115–126. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijim.v13i01.9728