This Bloomberg account of AT&T/GRIC deal creates misunderstanding far and wide: This account of the deal by which AT&T will offer GRIC software to its business customers who already buy VPN service AT&T makes it sound like AT&T is building 2,000 hot spots by fourth quarter instead of giving its customers software from GRIC that will allow them to access 2,000 hot spots that GRIC has in its partner network.
Unfortunately, the Bloomberg story has spread far and wide because they're a wire service for business. The first part of the story comes from the press release language (or their spin) in which GRIC attempts to sell the world on the notion that they're something other than they are.
GRIC is an aggregator: they own no infrastructure; they put hardware into ISPs to enable their software to work with those ISPs network and handle authentication.
Later in the story, the writer says, AT&T CEO Dorman said last month that AT&T would pepper the 50 largest U.S. cities with 20,000 Wi-Fi hot spots by 2005. In fact, he was talking about Cometa, a joint venture with Intel and IBM, a network on which AT&T will resale access. But its not building out those points; Cometa is.