As if we needed more evidence that the metro fiber sector remains strong despite the economic disaster that continues to unfold, in the last few days two of the companies I have tracked have found avenues for spending and growing their businesses. Late last week, FiberLight (news) purchased a 20 mile, 96 count fiber network serving downtown Waco Texas from independent telephone company Consolidated Communications. The new fiber joins other Fiberlight's Texas metro assets in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. While it is a small purchase, it continues the trend of metro fiber steadily falling into the hands of those who have figured out how to use it best.
Another of the metro and regional providers I track is the gulf coast provider Southern Light, who announced today that they are deploying Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings) gear across their footprint. Southern Light doesn't speak up too often - their website doesn't even list their press releases - but they run a substantial network from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle. They chose Infinera's DWDM solutions for its scalability and manageability, which implies of course that business is brisk and traffic is growing well.