Alvarion (NASDAQ:ALVR), a leading player in the up-and-coming broadband technology dubbed WiMAX, reported disappointing second-quarter numbers yesterday, posting a per-share loss of $0.06 on revenue of $47 million.

Shares went flying on the news, with the trading volume of the Israeli company more than doubling its 30-day moving average. When the frenzy finally subsided, the stock had been pummeled, closing down more than 13% on the day.

Investors are in a less punishing mood today, with shares trading flat in late-afternoon action. Still, Alvarion has shed roughly 35% of its value on a year-to-date basis, and its second-quarter report provides further fuel for a bearish outlook on the firm.

Among other things, the company -- which also anticipates a third-quarter loss -- pinned its performance on lower sales to a major customer and delayed orders in its non-WiMAX products lines. Both are troubling developments, but if I had to pick the worse, I'd go with the latter.

After all, as my Fool colleague W.D. Crotty suggests, a bigger player such as Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) might become the life of the WiMAX party if the technology -- which spreads a broadband signal across ranges that make WiFi look anemic -- turns out to be profitable. Juniper Networks (NASDAQ:JNPR) and Nortel Networks (NYSE:NT) might vie for a piece of the action as well. All of these companies have joined the WiMAX Forum, an industry organization crafting a common standard to ensure that upcoming WiMAX products play nicely with one another.

Alvarion, whose market cap is under half a billion dollars, is also a member of the club. But with such sizable competitors, the company's non-WiMAX revenue streams are an important part of its investment thesis. One quarter does not a thesis sink, of course, but if those streams are drying up, investors may continue flooding Alvarion's exits.

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