With deregulation of the power generation sector, the necessity for an enhanced and open communication infrastructure to support an increasing variety of ancillary services is apparent. A duplex and distributed communication system seems to be the most suitable solution to meet and ensure good quality of these services. Parameters needed and additional limits introduced by this new communication topology must be investigated and defined. This paper focuses on the communication network requirements for a third party load frequency control service. Data communication models are proposed based on queuing theory. Simulation is performed to model the effects of certain types of signal delays on this ancillary service.