Atheros boasts high Ethernet-over-coax speeds; Vitelco purchased by CFC

>  Atheros Communications says it can deliver "unprecedented performance" with an Ethernet over coax (EoC) system that delivers up to 350 Mbps of actual throughput over coaxial cables "providing cable operators with a cost-effective way to deliver two-way data services." News release.

> The National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) has received regulatory go-ahead from the U.S. Virgin Islands' Public Services Commission to own and manage the Virgin Islands Telephone Corporation (Vitelco) and Innovative Cable TV. News release.

> Percentage wise, it's pretty big when UPC says its Irish broadband subscriber base jumped from 110,000 in the last quarter to 160,000 by the end of the first quarter of this year. Story.

> The Comcast Media Center, better known for its extraterrestrial delivery system HITS, has announced a terrestrial fiber distribution service to deliver programming to cable MSOs. News release.

> Openet will use The Cable Show to open its eWallet with new applications designed to upsell cable subscribers in real time. News release.

And finally... Arris has introduced a dual density forward transmitter designed for operators with facility constraints that want to add new services. The unit "immediately delivers a 50 percent decrease in the amount of required rack and floor space," according to Peter Wolff, Arris' access and transport vice president and general manager. News release.