AT&T responds to Comcast DOCSIS 3.1 threat with FTTH ramp-up; Cisco says mobile video will soon consume 70% of network

More cable news from across the Web:

> Verizon has launched a new feature that lets FiOS users preview premium cable networks for 48 hours. Engadget story

> Discovery Communications will partner with beIN TV to launch six new channels in the Middle East and North Africa. Multichannel News story

> The FCC has lifted a ban that kept U.S. telecom companies from doing business in Cuba. DSL Reports story

> Dish Network is launching an HD version of Spanish-language channel ESPN Deportes to its DishLatino package. Multichannel News story

Telecom News

> AT&T is expanding its 1 Gbps FTTH presence in parts of four markets, a likely response to Comcast's move to expand its gigabit broadband footprint via DOCSIS 3.1 technology. Article

> BT is on track with its trials, serving its own customers and eight of its competitive carrier provider customers via its Openreach division. But the service provider is still weighing how it can make an investment case for a broader deployment. Article

Installer News

> AT&T may have recently reached its goal to equip 1 million business locations, but it plans to expand the footprint further via GPON and traditional carrier Ethernet technologies. Article

> Comcast and AT&T home automation apps perform poorly in consumer satisfaction study. Article

Wireless News

> More than 70 percent of all mobile data routed over 4G networks will be video by 2020, Cisco says. Article

> Yahoo said it will slash jobs and hone its focus on mobile search as it continues to overhaul its core Internet business and look for a buyer. Article

And finally… Fujitsu and the Tokyo Institute of Technology say they have used millimeter wave technology to achieve record-breaking wireless transmission speeds of 56 Gbps. DSL Reports story