Companies around the world are expected to spend $99.3 billion on mobile Internet advertising in 2017, or 2 per cent more than the amount it expects to be spent on ads seen on web pages on desktop computers.
Businesses are set to spend more on mobile Internet advertising than for ads seen via desktop computers for the first time in 2017, a year earlier than it had previously predicted, said ZenithOptimedia.
"We now expect desktop advertising to decline for the rest of our forecast period: by 0.9 per cent in 2016, 0.4 per cent in 2017 and 6 per cent in 2018," ZenithOptimedia said.
ZenithOptimedia, owned by France's Publicis cut back its expectation for growth in global advertising this year for the second time to 4.1 per cent from a previous forecast of 4.6 per cent in March.
In its report on Monday, Zenith cited the devaluation of the Argentine peso for the forecast revision.
It also said the top six global advertising markets would remain stable between 2015 and 2018, during which time it expected China to be the biggest contributor to new advertising spending, ahead of the United States.